In the frantic, fast-paced city that coined the phrase ‘a New York minute’, it’s surprising – nay astounding – to find that one of the hottest openings of the year was, in fact, a magnum opus over a decade in the making. However, James Beard award-winning chef Galen Zamarra (of Bouley and Mas Farmhouse fame) spent exactly ten years tirelessly observing the comings and goings of fresh produce at local markets, so that one day, he could create a menu that follows the nuanced trends of the annual cycle. That day has finally arrived with the launch of Almanac – not just a seasonal diner, but a paean to the micro seasons.
Located in what was once the home of Zamarra’s Mas La Grillade, Almanac delivers to the West Village a rustic vibe with its 75-seat space of reclaimed wooden panels, lodge-inspired chandeliers and rough stone walls. Choose between the regularly rotating three-, five- and eight-course degustations that have featured the luxuriant likes of roe-topped wild steelhead trout over beet-horseradish gelee; duck with Swiss chard, sweet potato hash and date-sage sausage; and pumpkin seed financier served with carrot-infused caramel and coconut sorbet. Taking her cue from the food, Sarah Sutel-Looper crafts cocktails that reflect the seasonal shifts, such as a pumpkin-infused Berkshire bourbon mixed with housemade orange bitters and vanilla syrup. Almanac is most definitely ‘in’ season.
28 7th Ave / West Village / +1 212 255 1795 / 5.30-10.30pm daily / almanacnyc.com